Roderigo played by Peter Hobday
Written by: William Shakespeare
In his first role at the Globe, Peter will be playing Roderigo in Othello.
"I think Roderigo has a real battle with masculinity in this production and Othello in general. Being told, ‘Come, be a man, be a man'. I think that’s what he learns. He’s told it at the beginning, but I think he learns it at the end..."
With one month of performances left, Peter reflects on what Roderigo learns in the play, and what he too has learned.
"I think Iago would see himself as someone who potentially has nothing to lose and everything to gain. He says, 'I have looked upon the world for four times seven years and I never knew a man who knew how to love himself'. And I think that is true...it’s all sparked from hatred, self-hatred I think.
Playing no less than three roles in the play, Peter talks us through the different tracks for each character, the understudying process, and what he (and Iago) think of this character.
"What’s the point of live theatre if it can’t shift or mould? I also think atmosphere in theatres is so variant and every night we’re playing with that. And this company is so responsive and alive too!"
As performances continue, Peter looks back on leaving the rehearsal room, bringing the show onto the stage, and how the audience and company are reacting.
"I think what we are doing is we are making a comment on how relevant this play is today. Unfortunately, I think we are in a world full of deception and I think that we're making a comment on that."
With performances a few weeks away, Peter talks us through the rehearsal process, performing in candlelight, and the relevance of Othello today.
"I think Iago is Roderigo's only friend. I don't think personally Roderigo has spoken to Desdemona. The relationship is suggested through Iago, and I don't think Desdemona quite knows Roderigo exists..."
With rehearsals underway for Othello, Peter tells us about fight calls, violence in the play, and his initial impressions of his character Roderigo.